As business moves to incorporate sustainability into a central
position in its planning and operations, our early focus at Bennett
Jones on the legal aspects of that concept offers significant
advantages to our clients. Our leading positions in dealing with
environmental management, climate change, health and safety,
aboriginal issues and corporate governance and our deep
understanding of employment, community involvement and related
social issues enabled us to see the need to integrate those
disciplines and use our legal analysis of them in assisting our
clients to appropriately deploy sustainability concepts throughout
Recently we have joined others in a number of sustainability
initiatives that we want to bring to your attention.
First, in our ongoing commitment to support education and best
practices for sustainability, our partner Gray Taylor will join
with members of the University of Waterloo's School of
Environment, Enterprise and Development to present
"Sustainable Development: Value Creation and Due Diligence
Protection" on Thursday, October 14, 2010 from 8:00 am to 1:00
pm at The Marriott Toronto Downtown/Eaton Centre Hotel. This timely
seminar will provide participants with the understanding and tools
identify the relationship between sustainable development
performance and financial indicators,
understand the sustainable development issues that frequently
damage business value and those that create opportunities for new
lever legal principles in implementing risk reduction
strategies involving "sustainability management
For seminar information and registration details, please see the
attached brochure and contact Shelley Knischewsky of the University
of Waterloo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, on October 18, 2010, our partner Radha Curpen will
participate on a panel at the I.E. Canada annual conference
entitled "Looking Beyond the Obvious" at the Delta
Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario. Radha will address the
issue of sustainability and the law in the context of the importing
and exporting that forms the core of the business of many of the
members of I.E. Canada. Those interested in attending the I.E.
Canada conference should contact Amesika Baëta at I.E. Canada
at 866-616- 2243, ext 41 or at email@example.com. Please click on
the conference website link for additional information: http://www.iecanada.com/events/2010/79th_Annual/79th_Annual_Home.html.
Directors and their corporations may be at a loss to understand what they must do to minimize their risk of environmental liability in light of the recent Ontario Ministry of Environment order and settlement agreement concerning Northstar Canada.
In the aftermath of the Northstar case, it is more important than ever for directors and officers to manage environmental issues proactively and implement policies to help minimize their risk exposure.